Anne Gorsuch, the mother of Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch, was a controversial Colorado politician best remembered (by me, anyway), for coining the phrase “nothingburger.” I thought of Anne as I plowed through the dismal bureaucratese of PlanCOS, the newest iteration of the city’s comprehensive plan. Here’s a sample paragraph: “In...
“Everything’s up to date in Kansas City/They’ve gone about as fer as they can go.” That Richard Rodgers melody from the 1943 musical Oklahoma! was about that bustling Midwestern city as seen by a naïve cowboy in 1906. Not surprisingly, Kansas City residents quickly adopted it, and Oscar Hammerstein’s gently...
It’s 7 a.m. on a sunny June day — time to head for the mountains. I want cool air, sparkling vistas, snowcapped peaks, wildflowers in bloom, a fun day and a temporary respite from the urban clamor of the Springs. I’m not the only one. Turning onto Highway 24 from...
Who owns downtown’s streets? That’s a question that never will be definitively resolved and one that we’ve been fighting over for 147 years. According to Newport in the Rockies, Marshall Sprague’s definitive history of Colorado Springs, by late July 1871, Gen. William Palmer’s associate, Gen. Robert Cameron, had platted “1,000...
Here’s a suggestion: Head south on Interstate 25, get off at Bijou Street, go south on Cascade Avenue and eventually head west on Colorado Avenue to Old Colorado City and Manitou Springs. Where will you stop? What will attract your attention? What seems welcoming and fun, and what seems...
What does Colorado Springs have in common with Buffalo, N.Y; St. Paul, Minn.; Tacoma, Wash.; and Topeka, Kan.? It’s simple — we’re all second cities, traditionally eclipsed, overwhelmed and sometimes beaten down by our bullying big brother city. That was certainly the case for us a few years ago,...
On a recent Saturday evening, I joined my boardmember spouse and several hundred others at The Arc’s annual shindig at the Hotel Eleganté. The evening unfolded predictably enough: sign in, table assignments, cocktails, networking, silent auction, proceed to tables, videos, food, introductions, fiery keynote speech from longtime activist, awards, more...
True confession No. 1: I keep a lot of stuff that I should have thrown away. True confession  No. 2: I subscribe to three daily newspapers. So yeah, I’ve got a lot of old newspapers in the basement. For some reason, I saved the editorial section of the Sunday, Dec. 16,...
Let’s imagine that you bought a big house on a quiet street in an idyllic western city a few decades ago. You soon figured out that you could make a few bucks by renting out the basement apartment. That went well, so you started an in-house event business, hosting...
Less than two months until the June 26 primaries — aren’t you excited? I thought not, but you ought to be. Thanks to the voter-approved measure that allows unaffiliated voters to vote in either the Republican or Democratic contests, plus contentious and unpredictable multi-candidate fields in a number of...
With a population of around 1,200, Cripple Creek punches way above its weight. It’s arguably the best preserved and most interesting of Colorado’s historic mining towns and (with its next-door neighbor Victor) one of the few that haven’t been overwhelmed by gentrification. It’s a tough little city, one built...
What do you do when your industry is slowly collapsing? Do you shrug and find a new profession or tough it out and hope for better times? And if you stay the course, how can you and your peers keep the industry alive? In the last two decades, editorial employment...